nurse rights - page 2

by nursetana 4,429 Views | 25 Comments

I have a question. I am a home care nurse. our name tags have our first names only for our safety. Does an employer or coworkers have to right to give a patient my full name? Main issue is we just switched computer programs and... Read More


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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Although I understand why a nurse would be uncomfortable displaying the or full name on a ID badge, it is true that patients have the right to know the full name of any licensed person providing care. (Im not sure about UAP)

    Part of the point of licensure is that we are held accountable for our practice. It's a guarantee to the public that we are competent. Our full name and license number must be a matter of public record by definition of being a licensed healthcare provider.

    We would all agree that a MD must display his full name to the public. How is a nurse any different?
    If they are curious they can figure it out themselves. I have rights too. Just because I'm a nurse does not mean I get my rights to privacy taken away from me. I didn't sign up for that. Plus a lot of creepers out there that look for you outside of the hospital. No thank you!! Our nurse patient "relationship " ends the second you walk out the door and the discharge papers are signed. I do not want visits,calls,letters...nothing!
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    In this day and age, I'd say the general public as a whole exhibits symptoms of irrationality and violence.
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    thank you everyone for your imput. I guess when enough of us our stabbed, raped or otherwise hurt by our former or current pts the law will catch up. most of my pts are harmless, but we all know there are a lot of weirdos also. we had a situation with one of our nurses a few years ago with stalking. my first name is very unusual so im always at risk, but now that everyone can clearly see my full name in print, it bothers me. i dont want a disgruntled pt or family member showing up at my home and harming my son or myself. i still feel our last names should be private, unless requested by an attorney for a court case. as our employers should be able to confirm our legal status as a nurse. my address and number are now unlisted, but we all know that thanks to the internet...it will never really be unavailable.
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    Quote from Jenni811
    If they are curious they can figure it out themselves. I have rights too. Just because I'm a nurse does not mean I get my rights to privacy taken away from me. I didn't sign up for that. Plus a lot of creepers out there that look for you outside of the hospital. No thank you!! Our nurse patient "relationship " ends the second you walk out the door and the discharge papers are signed. I do not want visits,calls,letters...nothing!
    True. But we DO need to make our full names available to the public. I guess the real question is, does this translate to us having to display our full names on our ID badge? Is having our names available in some sort of hospital registry enough to fulfill this obligation?
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    I know we work with weirdos sometimes, but I feel like having the last name visible lends more professionalism to us. I don't like it either, but we do have licenses, and I mean, hairstylists are required to display their license in front of their station, and in my home state, their home addresses are on the license!
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    I work in the ICU and I do not put my last name on my badge or give it out to pts. One of my coworkers who had her last name on her badge received calls and was harassed at home by a family member of a patient. This family member was also a physician at a different facility!! You just never know... I don't care if it seems more professional to have your last name displayed on your badge. Safety is always my top priority when it comes to both patients and myself.
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    Bottom line is some of us do not feel comfortable with showing our full names and we shouldn't be forced to. It should be up to the employee and what they are comfortable with. If you are ok with it, kudos to you. But nothing wrong with choosing not to.
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    Here in Florida, anyone can look up a nurses' name and address on the FL Board of Nursing's website. They also able to see the status of your license and file a complaint online. The information in our license such as name and address are considered part of the public record. Some states, it seems, let the Freedom of Information Act overrule any rights that we have to privacy. I totally do NOT agree... just saying how it is.
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    Whoa whoa whoa...address? Yea remind me never to.move to Florida...no offense. Here the only thing u can see is our name and license number. I think sharing our address crosses the line by far. Perhaps they want our social security number and credit card information...because we are nurses and have no right to keeping these things private. Even the general.population has the right to refuse to have their name in the phone book.
    My fiance and I are very close with our neighbors. He is a cop and he was telling me how police officers are always unlisted everywhere and so is their family. This is because people have negative feelings towards the cop that got them.for a DUI or drug bust. It is for their safety.

    And I'm sorry but often times patients either hate us and will look.for us or 2 are obsessed with us thinking we.are their "family" we get weirdos that come back looking for specific nurses. One wrote a love letter and had it delivered to work because he couldn't find her address. I'm not endangering me or my family.
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    As a nurse in PA, I've always found this thinking espeically flawed. As a floor nurse, I deal with the ER patients once they came to the floor and the Psych patients before they're stabilized for Psych. While it's true that ER and Psych encounter more overall volume, it doesn't change the fact that some of the patients overlap. It just isn't logically consistent to me.
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